Interview with Dr. Jeremiah Moorer
Total joint replacement, or arthroplasty, is common for us these days, but is becoming common even for our pets.
Just like in people, joints are replaced as a last resort, when the pain and loss of function of the damaged joint can no longer be managed by other medical therapies. Total hip replacement has been available for dogs, and even cats, for many years now at the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences Veterinary Medical Hospital.
Implant hardware comes in a variety of sizes to fit Great Danes to Chihuahuas. Conditions such as severe osteoarthritis and certain hip fractures can benefit greatly by total hip replacement. Total knee replacement for dogs is available as well, treating the same conditions that cause us to have our knees replaced. Soon, elbow replacement will be available.
The goal of total joint replacement is to provide a pain free joint, improving the quality of life. Your veterinarian can guide you, and if necessary, refer your pet to OSU for a total joint replacement assessment.